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Markus Stenz – Conductor

Markus Stenz is Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (since 2012) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from the 2015/2016 onwards. Since January 2017, he will also be Conductor in Residence at the Seoul Phhilharmonic Orchestra.

His previous positions have included most recently General Music Director of the City of Cologne and Gürzenich-Kapellmeister and Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra (posts he relinquished in the summer of 2014).  Markus Stenz was Artistic Director of the Montepulciano Festival (1989 – 1995), Principal Conductor of the London Sinfonietta (1994 – 1998) – one of the most renowned ensembles for contemporary music and Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1998 – 2004). 

He made his debut as an opera conductor at La Fenice in Venice and has since conducted many world premieres and first performances and has appeared at many of the world’s major opera houses in Milan, Chicago, London, Berlin and Munich and international festivals in Glyndebourne, Edinburgh, Bregenz and Salzburg.

Markus Stenz conducts the world’s leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Berlin Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Vienna Symphony, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo.

The 2017/2018 season once more takes Markus Stenz to numerous concerts in the USA, including with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. He will also make his dĂ©but in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg in the same year it opened, giving the German première of Detlev Glanert’s “Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch” with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. Other highlights are engagements with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the SĂŁo Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and the revival of Franz Schreker’s opera “Die Gezeichneten” (“The Stigmatized”) at the Bayerische Staatsoper.

In the last season (2016/17), Markus Stenz conducted the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bern Symphony Orchestra and – for the first time since leaving his position as GĂĽrzenich-Kapellmeister – the GĂĽrzenich-Orchester Köln . He also presented numerous exciting concert programmes with his Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, performing works by Mussorgsky, Liszt, Szymanowski, Rachmaninov, Mozart and Wagner, with Jörg Widman’s “Babylon” to end the season.

His large discography includes many prize-winning productions and e.g. the recording of Mahler’s 5th Symphony (Oehms Classics) is to be found in the German Record Critics’ quarterly “Best” list. Recently, the recording of Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder with the GĂĽrzenich-Orchester received the Gramophone Classical Music Award.

Markus Stenz has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Northern College of Music and the “Silberne Stimmgabel” (Silver Tuning Fork) of the state of North Rhein/Westphalia.

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